Change Of Control Takes Buffalo Trace Franklin County In A Keeneland Deluge

Perry Harrison’s Change of Control was first out of the gate and first to the finish line in posting a 1½-length victory over 62-1 longshot Ambassador Luna in the 25th running of the $150,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes  (G3) for fillies and mares on a rainy Friday afternoon at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.

Trained by Michelle Lovell and ridden by Colby Hernandez, Change of Control covered the 5½ furlongs on a turf course labeled yielding in 1:05.89.

With the victory, Change of Control became the fourth horse to win the Giant’s Causeway during Keeneland’s Spring Meet and come back in the Fall Meet to win the Buffalo Trace Franklin County. The others were Dyna Da Wyna (2004), Confessional (2001) and Ayrial Delight (1999).

It is the second Keeneland stakes victory for Lovell and Hernandez, both coming with Change of Control.

Ambassador Luna quickly overtook Change of Control after the start and led the field of 10 through a first quarter-mile in :22.66 as Change of Control raced fourth while in the clear.

In the stretch, Ambassador Luna shook off bids from In Good Spirits and Yes It’s Ginger but could not hold off the charge of Change of Control, who assumed control just before the sixteenth pole.

“It was a little tough,” said Hernandez. “When we broke out of the gate I looked over and she was a little in front, but you couldn’t see that good out there. But she broke very sharp, I was able to get in a good position and then sit and wait, and when I called on her she finished up strong.”

A Keeneland sales graduate, Change of Control is a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Fed Biz out of the Quiet American mare America’s Blossom.

With Friday’s $90,000 winner’s share, Change of Control increased her earnings to $656,775 with a record of 30-8-6-6. It was her second graded stakes victory and fourth stakes triumph overall.

Change of Control returned $14.60, $7.60 and $4.20. Ambassador Luna, ridden by James Graham, returned $42.40 and $12.80 while finishing a neck in front of favored Campanelle (IRE), who rallied for third and paid $3 to show under Joel Rosario.

It was another 4¼ lengths back to In Good Spirits with Lagertha (CHI), Yes It’s Ginger, Catch a Bid, Lead Guitar, Violenza and She’s So Special following in order.

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